Waiting for God’s Timing

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“One day, when Moses had grown up, he went out to his people and looked on their burdens, and he saw an Egyptian beating a Hebrew, one of his people. He looked this way and that, and seeing no one, he struck down the Egyptian and hid him in the sand. ”

Exodus 2:11-12

We know from the book of Hebrews that when Moses came of age he made a conscious decision by faith to be identified with his own people (the Hebrews) rather than continue to enjoy the sinful pleasures of the palace as a son of Pharaoh (Hebrews 12:24-26).  He made this decision while the Hebrews were in terrible bondage to their Egyptian overlords.  I pray that I, by faith, would have the courage to make the same decision – to reject a life of comfort, ease, and pleasure in order to receive the scorn and persecution that comes to those who follow Christ.  Lord, please give me this kind of faith!

At the same time, it seems that Moses had a clear desire to deliver his people from their oppression (and perhaps a sense that this was God’s desire for him).  When he saw a Hebrew worker knocked down by an Egyptian overseer, he first looked to see that there were no witnesses present.  He then struck and killed the overseer and buried his body in the sand.  This is a classic example of trying to accomplish the Lord’s will using human wisdom and means.

The results are both disastrous and miraculous.  It is a disaster as Moses’ act of murder is discovered by Pharaoh and he is forced to flee to Midian where he spends the next 40 years as a lowly shepherd.  It is miraculous for exactly the same reason!  God used this tragedy to:

  1. Remove Moses from Egypt (and to remove “Egypt” from Moses)
  2. Humble him by giving him a job considered disgusting by Egyptians; working as a shepherd.
  3. Teach him to be a faithful employee to his father-in-law, Jethro
  4. Teach him to be a faithful husband and father
  5. Show him the folly of acting (even from good motives) in his own strength, timing, and wisdom.

I realize that I have to be careful not to make the same mistake that Moses made.  I’ve often run ahead of God – trying to accomplish His will in my own strength, my own wisdom, and my own timing.  Invariably, the result is that things quickly go wrong and I find myself calling out to God for rescue.  I’m gradually learning that I need to wait on Him – waiting for His strength, His wisdom, and His timing, all of which are perfect.  I’m grateful to know that even when I foolishly run ahead of Him, He is able to “work all things together for good for those that love God and are called according to His purpose” (Rom 8:28).  Praise God for His great mercy and love!

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One Response to Waiting for God’s Timing

  1. clarke lauffer says:

    Good Reminders, There is in all of our lives this tendency to take matters into our own hands, we feel responsible to be in some kind of control. It is as if we believe that Lord you expect me to respond, to make some kind of decision, to make sure justice is done or that we are found responsible. Some things are made obvious when we are at a crossroad, that we have to turn toward some clear direction and He tells us to walk by faith and not to be in a state of fear or confusion. I find when things impact me personally and don’t really concern others is when I am most tempted to move in my own wisdom. I so often just react apart from prayer, this is when things become complicated in life. We go into survival mode and don’t consider wise options or Godly counsel. Motivated by our pride God then resits us and we then have to humble ourselves and ask God for mercy to straighten out the mess we got ourselves into. Interesting that just yesterday in our intercession morning prayer group at church one brother prayed slow us down Lord that we may wait upon you. Psa 27:14 Wait on the Lord; Be of good courage;
    And He shall strengthen your heart; Wait, I say on the Lord!